Family/Relationships

Seven Problems and Seven Solutions for Feeling “In Love”

Being “in love.” How do you maintain it? How do you keep from experiencing what I have heard so many people say, “I love her, but I’m not in love with her any more.” Is it luck? Hard work? A choice? Yes, all of these and more. Over the years, I’ve had many...

How to Learn Emotional Self-Control and Healthy Communication

There’s a simple mantra out there that can really help with self-control. Especially emotional self-control. It’s, “Respond not react.” Sounds easy, right? It’s not. Learning how to control your reactions to what’s being said or done around you can be difficult....

The One Question You Can Ask to Stop Fighting With Your Partner

For many of us, summer is around the corner. Maybe that means a much anticipated vacation with some all-too-rare time together with your partner. Or maybe that is something you dread, because you fear fighting. You love your partner and you value your relationship, but the two of you have...

Saying Goodbye to The Good, The Bad and The Indifferent

Our family lovingly call the house I grew up in just by its address, 1203. A few years ago, I, like many people, had to say goodbye to a home I’d loved. I’d done it before. I’d departed several homes, either due to moves or divorces. I’m a “nester” like many...

The Boundary-less Couple: Victims and Savers

Boundaries. What in the world does that word really mean when it comes to relationships? A boundary is a limit, an edge, where one thing stops and another begins. When someone says, “I don’t have good boundaries,” what do they mean? Generally, they allow other people to...

When A Parent’s Unconditional Love Is Worn Away

Whenever I hear the term “unconditional love,” I think of the first moment I saw my son. That’s probably the purest love I’ve ever felt, or ever will feel. All he had done so far was breathe and cry a little, and I loved him. Yet unconditional parental love can be used up,...

What Could Be The Best Valentines Gift You Could Give Yourself?

In the second grade, I was elected “Valentine Queen” of my class. I wore a glittery paper crown all day long. and dreamed of future ascensions. Miss Pine Bluff. Miss Arkansas. Miss America. I remember the surprising happiness that seeped inside of me, wondering finally (after all of...

When Your Marriage Has Turned Into A Business: 7 Healing Ideas

There are thousands of couples whose marriage has turned into a business. Don’t get me wrong. All couples are running a business. There’s the business of household chores, of coordinating kids’ schedules or work trips out of town, of paying bills, or of taking care of aging...

10 Questions To Ask If You’re In A Codependent Relationship

People describe themselves as “codependent” these days as commonly as they ask for ketchup with their fries. What exactly is codependency? Is it a good thing, a bad thing, or somewhere in the middle? There are many different definitions, and many different experts on the subject....

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